The Gnome Tea Party

January 28, 2005 by at 7:52 pm • Filed Under Noteworthy, World of Warcraft Journal 
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You remember the warrior march on the Argent Dawn server scheduled for tonight?

You probably don’t. No matter, go read up on it, we have time. *pours another strong one*

Anyhoo, I’m coming to you live from the Argent Dawn tea party. I had made a character on Argent Dawn a few days ago, because ffs, I didn’t want to get banned. So I logged in tonight, quietly, INNOCENTLY, reporting in as a rogue in support of my warrior brethren.

In the five minutes that I was logged on, this is what happened:

I was kicked from the game. I said nothing, I did nothing. There was a GM announcement and I was summarily kicked from the game. (pussies)

Obviously, screenshots will follow … Attempting to login again …

**UPDATE01** I’m like flipping CNN in Baghdad … Got back in to Argent Dawn. No GM in evidence althought the Warrior-created guild is now bugged so they can’t invite others to the guild. They are about to begin the march to Ironforge. It is a sea of naked gnomery, and I cannot adequately describe how horrifying a vision that is.

It’s curious to me. All the Argent Dawn residents that are spitting and cursing at our warrior brethren for choosing a peaceful march on Ironforge as their form of protest when … NONE OF THE AD RESIDENTS even had to be in the zone. Yet, many are here. They are using the general chat channel and /yell to taunt the warriors.

This indicates that the residents made some effort to be here. If they are so disinterested and against this nonviolent march, why are they here? Is this their counter-protest? More to follow …

**UPDATE01A** Well dammit, while I was typing Update01, I was kicked off the server. Do you see why I need an intern or an assistant of some sort?? … checking on the status …

**UPDATE02** There are at least 5 characters named Nurfed or Nerfed or Nerfmemore, and so I asked … Cosmik, is that you? I was checking to see if some legit press was in attendance or if it was just me, Champion of NeoGamingJournalism, in attendance. I didn’t get to hear a response before I was booted again from the server. So Cosmik, if that was you … “werd.”

Also, there are many, many fem gnomes with pink pigtails. This was disturbing to me.

Trying to login again …

**UPDATE03** Well, I tried to walk (walk, not run) from the dirf start area to Ironforge. I was ALMOST there, and was discussing Tiananmen Square with an Argent Dawn resident when I got kicked again. Now c’mon, I realize that Tiananmen Square and a Warcrack protest have almost nothing in common except this: all protesters are called kooks and mocked for their beliefs. Which is cool.

I said already, I’m a big fan of the protest. From a “Chaos is Fun” point of view, and also not much gets changed without someone saying, “this shit ain’t right.”

Trying to login again … (oh yes, I have plenty of screenshots) …

**UPDATE04** heh, the last thing I read before this disconnect was … HELL NO, WE WON’T GO. Well, what a day, what a release, what a protest this has been. Right before I was disco’d this time, there was a server going down message. And hey, that’s always a valid choice. Don’t bother with the fucking spin, go for taking the ball away.

It’s all cool, man.

The last screenshots I got were of dozens (was it hundreds? No one can know because the guild invite was inoperative … mysteriously … after they had many in the guild. Couldn’t get the full story from the protest leader as we both kept getting the disco.) … so let’s just say … dozens (OR MORE) gnomes jumping and dancing on the Ironforge bridge.

For the record, there were never any GM announcements other than the ones I screenshot prior to the scheduled protest time.

Trying to relog … more to follow … (you can’t get this kind of News You Can’t Use on the better blogs) …

**UPDATE05** Ok, I’m back in, and curiously, I’m back outside of Ironforge and have to recomplete my laborious walk to the IF bridge. GODDAMIT, who do I have to **** to get a mount in this game? Is it a pally?

… more will follow …

**UPDATE06** omg omg, there’s an actual GM character here now in Ironforge near the bridge. In 50-some levels, I have never seen an actual GM character EVER in this game.

This is me after I see the GM dude: umm, does anyone know where the auction house is in this city? (because I’m behind a good protest, but I’m not willing to give up 50-some levels for somebody else’s class.)

And I’d say, also, that … CURIOUSLY, but maybe it’s innocently … there are almost no gnomes left now. As I said, I made a dwarf. Before, there were at least 100 gnomes. Now, there’s 2 on the bridge. Could be coincidence, if you’re the kind that believes in that. Could be not.

… more to come …

**UPDATE07** PROTEST DOWN! PROTEST DOWN! GM Xan-something (was it Xanax? that would be deliciously ironic) said that all level one gnome warriors would have their accounts suspended if they didn’t logoff post-haste. Cuz y’know, fuck the spin, they’re bringing out the big guns to deal with this shit.

To sum up, before the I post the dozens of screenshots (sans names, because you won’t find Foton aiding and abetting The Man in banning people for speaking their mind in a very colorful and entertaining way), the protest had an impact. Passions were inflamed. Obviously, the power of the pen (as it were) is invoked.

Several Argent Dawn residents queried if MLK, Jr would be ashamed. As they proposed, there is Protest, and there is protest. Nothing less will do.

I would disagree. I think every great protester would agree that he/she never understood another’s position, yet recognized their zeal to protest. Of course, the warrior plight in Warcraft is NOTHING in the sum of things.

And yet. And yet. And yet.

And yet, if we all agree that the power of the pen is nothing … if we all agree that protest means nothing … if we all turn our backs on anothers’ plight … are we part of the solution? Or are we part of the problem?

Ya, I realize, warriors in Warcraft are nothing. But, I’m a big fan of the Boston Tea Party.

Y’see, protests put it all in your face. You decide. Is it Jihad, in a very “I hate America because they can feed everyone 233 times over” kind of way? Or, is it maybe something that deserves some (any) attention?

Because, fuck. When a group of people take the time to organize and march, I dunno … I pay attention. Passion is so rare in this time and age. They love your game. They want to love it more. They want to love it completely. Apparently, there’s a problem here.

Passion, it’s so rare. Seems a shame to waste it.



Comments

26 Responses to “The Gnome Tea Party”

  1. uruloki's lair » Warrior luvin’ on January 31st, 2005 6:35 pm

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  2. Abalieno on January 28th, 2005 8:10 pm

    I’m so tempted to yell “FOTON SHOW YOUR ASS!” ๐Ÿ™‚

    By the way, they are constantly kicking players out. Or they have a system to prevent this or the GMs are at work.

  3. Foton of AFKGamer on January 28th, 2005 8:51 pm

    LOL, are you there too, Ab? This is goofy as hell.

  4. Ubiq on January 28th, 2005 9:00 pm

    You’re discounting the possibility that maybe, just maybe, the crowding is causing the discos (i.e. technical stressing) and not the GMs.

  5. Foton of AFKGamer on January 28th, 2005 9:09 pm

    You’re right. I realized that was a very good possibility. Trying to see what goes on — could be the stress — there’s at least another 100? 200? additional players here?

  6. Abalieno on January 28th, 2005 9:12 pm

    I got many good screenshots I’ll post tomorrow. On Ironforge it was really fun and I’m actually quite surprised to how the client remained smooth with more than 100 players onscreen moving and with AOE spell efects. Not a glitch or an hiccup.

    Btw, I’m currently banned ;p The message tells me to check my e-mail but they sent nothing till now.

    I got a screenshot of that too ;p

  7. Cosmik on January 28th, 2005 10:08 pm

    Hahahaha

    *inhale*

    hahahaha

  8. Tony on January 28th, 2005 10:20 pm

    I’m like flipping CNN in Baghdad

    You didn’t draw maps in the sand to show where the enemy is, did you? If so, that would explain the bootings.

    Good work, this was funny to read.

  9. Grouchy Gnome on January 28th, 2005 11:22 pm

    Holy crap. This is going to get some coverage on Nerfbat.com when I have some time to write about it. Umm… Damn the man!

  10. Abalieno on January 28th, 2005 11:28 pm

    My ‘reportage’ is up on my site.

    At least the ban was worth good screenshots ;p

  11. Abalieno on January 28th, 2005 11:56 pm

    Update: got the mail from Blizzard, the suspension is just for three hours with ‘menaces’ in the case I persist.

    This is again an old topic that was debated not long ago when the players were “ported on space” during the well-known protest on SWG, but I still point out that a protest or a strike, like in real life, have to produce a disservice.

  12. Foton of AFKGamer on January 29th, 2005 1:12 am

    You fought the good fight, bro. I’ll risk a level 20 character, but I won’t risk 50 levels. I can be bought and sold like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Seriously, I admired the warriors’ passion. I know one of the guildmates played a warrior in Beta to the upper 50s and loved it. The late-beta nerfs drove him insane. Well, something drove him insane. We’re willing to believe it was the nerfs.

    At any rate, anyone that spends even a short amount of time in online gaming goes through a big nerf personally, and it’s never pretty. To be promised otherwise and then swallow delay after delay … well, let’s just hope the rogues, pallies and shamen never have to experience this, because there’s 95% of the players, right there.

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  14. Nerfbat on January 30th, 2005 7:32 pm

    WoW Warriors Unite!
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  15. jojo on January 31st, 2005 9:52 am

    Hmmm… I wonder if the server would hold when big fights breakdown, maybe this protest did Blizzard a favour, now they can find why server crash with 200 players.. I played doac and we had mass fights 250+ it get laggy but no server crashs

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  17. Techie Musings on January 31st, 2005 10:13 pm

    Virtualisation Gone too Far

    Clearly, some people have no life but it does beg the question – what’s next for virtualisation?… Instead of invading another country, governments challenge each other to Unreal tournaments!

  18. Coyote on February 1st, 2005 9:18 am

    Just so ya know, this all was mentioned on TechTV last night, happened to catch it on the screensavers, they looked kind of weirded out but they supported the action ๐Ÿ˜›

  19. Lucifer's Dandruff on February 1st, 2005 12:06 pm

    I saw it on screensaver also..Alot has been said about the issue including those that ridicule the action as a means for no lifers to get attention or to take up time in their open schedules…a geek reaction etc..but look at the basics of it..people in a community felt wrong by those in power..im not being dramatic its that simple..the players have no real say so..and when the GMs decide to impose changes without the consent of those they are affecting they take away their voice..a right we all have..whether your in game or in a chat room or a forum or whatrever..you’re part of a society nonetheless and sure there are rules to abide by..but to crush the unpopular voice to suit the needs of GM’s?? mysterious disconnects and what not, emails warning of further action results in this and that..they say too many people at the same time in the same area crashed the servers and caused disconnects yadda yadda yadda?? if no other proper means have been provided to voice your concerns then do something else to get their attention..protest..yell it..scream it voice yourselves..not bein dramatic merely stating a fact..if the system doesn’t work..tear the mother down!! anarchy 101..now..if you take out all that revolutionary stuff..also know you are the consumer..if you are dissatisfied with the product you purchased you have rights and if the contact means they have provided via forums and emails doesn’t do anything..crash the servers…

    -LD666

  20. Foton of AFKGamer on February 1st, 2005 1:30 pm

    People are passionate about their hobbies and their leisure activities. Basic human right of the well-fed.

  21. cato on February 3rd, 2005 12:01 pm

    bow to all warriors

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